East Ridge police officer Daniel Stephenson will not face any charges for the fatal shooting of Todd Browning on August 19, 2015.
District Attorney Neal Pinkston determined Stephenson acted 'well within the law.'
The investigation conducted by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office found that use of deadly force by Stephenson was justified for the following reasons:
Stephenson was wearing an ERPD uniform and operating a marked patrol car, which clearly identified him as a police officer.
Stephenson exhausted all reasonable means to apprehend Browning through a lengthy negotiation and repetitive commands prior to the use of deadly force.
Stephenson had probable cause to believe Browning posed a threat of serious bodily injury or death as Browning approached with a water main key while yelling that Stephenson would have to kill him or else he would kill Stephenson.